More than 100 attendees from across North America and other parts of the world attended and benefited from the 2004 Advanced Dairy Nutrition and Management short course.
The global dairy industry is both large and diverse, yet sustainability of this industry is critical for both the human food supply and also the economic vitality of many rural communities across the Northeastern United States, North America, and the globe. Many individual dairy producers are slow to evolve their management practices to become more efficient, more environmentally friendly, and ultimately more profitable through adoption of new technologies and ideas. Agriservice professionals (nutritionists, veterinarians, and other consultants) are key influencers of decision-making on commercial dairy farms and are a major multiplier group for application of knowledge within the dairy industry. This will help them become more efficient, environmentally friendly, and ultimately more profitable and sustainable. However, regular opportunities for intensive continuing education are still relatively limited for this segment of the dairy industry.
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We develop and deliver annual short courses targeted toward agriservice professionals with the goal of enhancing their ability to promote adoption of new technologies and new ideas within the dairy industry. The 2004 Advanced Dairy Nutrition and Management short course was offered over a four-day period in August 2004 at Cornell University. It attracted approximately 100 participants from the Northeastern United States, other parts of the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Japan. Speakers consisted of Cornell faculty and graduate students, PRO-DAIRY staff, scientists from the Miner Institute in Chazy, New York, and a faculty member from the University of British Columbia. Topics ranged from nutrition and metabolism of all classes of dairy cattle to animal welfare and behavior to environmental aspects of dairy nutrition and management.
An anonymous evaluation was conducted of the participants of the course, and the overall course averaged 4.4 on a 5-point scale (5 = outstanding). The following are anonymous excerpts from the course evaluation when participants were asked "What was the best thing about the course?",with responses including:
"Excellent speakers -great information, cutting edge, well presented. Despite cutting edge, technical information, presentations all related well to real world, on-farm application. Speakers in each topic really flowed well from one to another. Well organized schedule. Time for talking and networking nice touch also."
"Cutting edge information that created discussion/debate. Best nutrition training conference I have ever attended."
"Quality of speakers and researchers involved -variety of topics discussed & today's prominence of the topics."
"The course was the best week I have put in. Being an Aussie it was fantastic."
"Fantastic overview of the current state of knowledge. Great opportunity to link with leaders and doers in the field."
"Challenged me to once again expand my depth of thinking about the technical side of the biology of nutrition. I really enjoyed the conference. I had to think. Tom Overton's talks always cut to the chase for recommendations or conclusions to be put to use. Others could benefit from this format. Just as the dairyman always asks "what is in it for me", every talk should be able to answer that for the cows also."
- Federal Formula Funds - Extension (e.g., Smith Lever, RREA)
- Participant registration fees
- Miner Institute
- University of British Columbia
- Dr. Thomas R. Overton, Dr. Larry E. Chase, Dr. Michael E. Van Amburgh; Dr. Dale E. Bauman; Dr. Adam Lock; Dr. Matthew Waldron, Matthew Meyer, Department of Animal Science, Cornell University
- Dr. Bill Stone, PRO-DAIRY; Karl Czymmek, PRO-DAIRY Department of Animal Science, Cornell University
- Dr. Rick Grant, Dr. Heather Dann, Miner Institute, Chazy, New York
- Dr. Dan Weary, University of British Columbia